Barrack no. 3 of the former work and concentration camp in Sereď (Trnava Region), now turned into the Holocaust Museum, shows the conditions under which the Jews, interned in the camp, lived during WWII. The ceremonial opening took place as part of the commemorative event marking Holocaust Victims and Racial Hatred Day.
“We must warn everyone who is trying to distort history, who is trying to downplay the suffering of people during the war,” said Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini during the opening ceremony, as cited by the TASR newswire. “I am very worried that many young people are today displaying their heroism with efforts to explain war events in their own fashion. After all, it is no surprise when they are supported in this personally by some MPs.”
Pellegrini also paid tribute to those Slovaks, who helped their Jewish, fellow citizens at the time of the Holocaust.
The exhibition was created and took shape on the basis of documents and photographs preserved from the period. Based on these, the carpentry, tailor, concrete and locksmith workshops, an office and the school for Jewish children were installed. There is also some space with straw mattresses where people were waiting for transport and there is also a list of 2,400 names of the deportees.